55th Grammy Awards live blog
And that’s a wrap on Grammys 2013. Check out a full list of winners at Grammy.com. And look for James Reed’s review in tomorrow’s Globe.
LL Cool J takes off his host hat and puts on his knit cap to transform back into a rapper and invites Chuck D of Public Enemy, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, and Z Trip to shut ’em down. We get a brief shout out to Adam Yauch, MCA of Beastie Boys, with a refrain of “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and then the credits are rolling.
11:16 Album of the Year
“Babel,” Mumford and Sons. They joke around a bit with presenter Adele who won this one last year and thank the Grammys for showing love to Brits.
11:10 Run Frank Run
Grammy winner tonight Frank Ocean performs his buzzed about “Forrest Gump” in front of a large projection of a highway and finishes it off with whistle.
10:57 A “Weight”-y tribute to Levon Helm
Elton John, Mavis Staples, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons, and hanging in the background T Bone Burnett, play “The Weight.” Mavis and Brittany are especially smoking.
10:52 In Memoriam
A very tough year of losses including Donna Summer, Dave Brubeck, Dick Clark, Doc Watson, Adam Yauch, Ravi Shankar, Levon Helm and many more.
10:40 His Name is Prince and he loves Gotye
Who just won Record of the Year for “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Gotye may be more excited that Prince just said “I love this song,” than he is at winning a Grammy.
10:35 Carrie Underwood puts ON a show
On her dress that is, as she sings “Blown Away” and “Two Black Cadillacs” in a dress that does double duty as a stunning video screen.
10:26 Best New Artist
Before we get to who won, this is what Katy Perry had to say in the introduction: “I was never even nominated in this category, and I have my own eyelash line. Take that, Bon Iver!”
And the winner is Fun. And Nate Ruess promptly announces he has to, um, visit the restroom with some urgency.
10:20 Jack White Wins the Grammys (in the musical sense)
Multiple nominee White does a dual performance playing with his all-female band for “Love Interruption” and then kicking out the jams with his all-male band for “Freedom at 21.” It is a bracing, and welcome, blast.
10:05 New definition for tribute...
...apparently is playing your own songs and then singing one song by the honoree. Which is how we get this “tribute” to Bob Marley that consists of Bruno Mars doing a bang-up version of his hit “Locked Out of Heaven,” Sting joining him, and then the two of them singing “Walking on the Moon” by the Police. Then Rihanna and Damian and Stephen Marley join the proceeding for “Could You Be Loved.” It was perhap not the lengthiest homage but it was one of the liveliest performances of the night.
9:57 Best Country Album
Zac Brown Band, “Uncaged”
9:53 Natural Singer
Kelly Clarkson pays tribute to two of this year’s lifetime achievement award winners Patti Page and Carole King with heartfelt renditions of “Tennessee Waltz” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
9:50 But they have Grammys to keep them company now
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Black Keys,and Dr. John in a righteous headdress work their collective mojo on “Lonely Boy.”
9:40 Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Church in the Wild,” Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and the-Dream. Ocean and the-Dream speak first and then Jay gets on the mic and says “I’d like to thank the swap meet for his hat,” of the-Dream’s chapeau. Kanye is not in the house.
9:35 “Stay” there and sing
Which is exactly what Rihanna does in her performance of this song with Mikkey Ekko. Instead of a big, fancy, noisy performance with lots of dancers and gimmicks she and Ekko sing over piano and the contemplative noodling of Extreme’s own Nuno Betttencourt. (He tours with the pop star as her musical director.) Understated works for her.
9:29 Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger” And the night’s best acceptance speech thus far, funny, rushed, stream-of-consciousness with sweet shout outs to her fellow nominees, Miguel, and her fiance. This was a really competitive category but it’s great to see Clarkson, who gave a phenomenal performance last year at the Citi Wang Theatre, take it.
9:24 Maroon Keys? Alicia 5?
Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys team up for their “Daylight” and her “Girl on Fire” and, surprisingly, it’s pretty great as Alicia bangs the drums like Sheila E. and she and Adam Levine harmonize well.
9:21 Best Rock Performance
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy.” These guys are cleaning up tonight.
9:12 Best Urban Contemporary Album
Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange.” The soft-spoken Ocean says instead of employing the old trick of picturing everyone naked, he prefers to think of the crowd as little kids playing fancy dress-up.
9:05 Justin Time?
Justin Timberlake returns to the Grammy stage and music and performs his new single “Suit & Tie” in front of a big band and with a little help from Jay-Z.
8:55 Capt. Jack Sparrow Loves Mumford & Sons
And so does Taylor Swift, judging by heartily she is singing along with their performance of “I Will Wait.”
8:50 Song of the Year
“We Are Young,” Fun. Singer Nate Ruess jokes that they are not, in fact, young and talks about how they’ve been doing this for 12 years. They thank their families for seeing them through the lean times.
8:42 Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away.”
8:39 Miguel and the Wiz
Grammy winner tonight Miguel and Wiz Khalifa sing the silky smooth “Adorn.”
8:33 Dierks and Miranda
That would be contemporary country stars Bentley and Lambert, who are currently on tour together, team up for a his and hers duet. His is “Home” and hers is “Over You.” The pair play Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester March 3.
8:23 Fun. Fun? Fun!
Fun., who came into the night with six nominations perform their hit “Carry On” under a shower of celebratory(?) rain. Perhap that explains the floods that singer Nate Ruess is wearing.
8:20 Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain” (Live version) She says she just wanted to come be part of the night since she loved last year, “obviously.”
8:10 Captain Fantastic & the Red-haired cowboy
Elton John and Ed Sheeran come on for our first collaboration of the night, performing Sheeran’s winsome nominated song “The A Team.”
8:05 p.m. LL Cool Host
“NCIS: Los Angeles” star and Grammy winner his own self LL Cool J reminisces about how watching the Grammys and Michael Jackson’s big win inspired him to go after his own dreams. He eschews the comical monologue approach and goes the earnest route instead. It suits him. (He says he gave his Grammys to his grammy and they show a sweet picture of her.)
8 p.m. Welcome to the Big Top
Taylor Swift kicks off the show with a busy, colorful, circus-themed performance of her nominated song “We Are Never Getting Back Together.”
The 55th Grammy Awards are being handed out live tonight at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Celebrating the year in music, many artists scored multiple nominations including Fun., the Black Keys, Frank Ocean, and Mumford & Sons.
Among those slated to perform are Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert, Ed Sheeran & Elton John, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and Sting and, in a special tribute to Levon Helm of the Band, Elton John, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.
Who will win big? Who will dazzle the audience? Who will give a memorable acceptance speech?
We’ll be live-blogging the results here starting at 8 p.m. Join us, won’t you?